Monasterio de Valdediós ~ May 30, 2018

• Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Day #20

• Valdediós

• Distance 12 miles; total 279 miles

• 1,719’ ascent and 1,376’ descent

• 25% hard surface

• Time: 5 hours 45 minutes

• Weather: 50-60 overcast

It’s either hot and humid,

Or cold and damp.

Spain.

Private room at the Monasterio de Valdediós.

My room is cold. I am cold.

1st towards Valdediós

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3rd towards Valdediós

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Coffee Club ~ May 30, 2018

• Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Day #20

• Valdediós

• Distance 12 miles; total 279 miles

• 1,719’ ascent and 1,376’ descent

• 25% hard surface

• Time: 5 hours 45 minutes

• Weather: 50-60 overcast

It’s a sure thing.  Mornings will find last nights pilgrims at the first opened café. It’s an unspoken coffee club. No agreements. We just appear.

Good coffee keeps us going.

1st towards Valdediós

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3rd towards Valdediós

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Taxi ~ May 29, 2018

• Tuesday, May 29, 2018, Day #19

• Priesca

• Distance 14 miles; total 267 miles

• 1,719’ ascent and 1,376’ descent

• 70% hard surface

• Time: 8 hours 45 minutes

• Weather: 50-60 blue sky becoming overcast

After reflection at a church, a taxi stand miraculously appears. Tempted? Never.

1st towards Priesca

2nd towards Priesca

3rd towards Priesca

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Viva Le Vegas ~ May 28, 2018

• Monday, May 28. 2018, Day #18

• La Vega

• Distance 11.5 miles; total 253 miles

• 941’ ascent and 991’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours

• Weather: 50-60 overcast

Le Vega is situated on the coast with a perfect bar for the day’s libation. One bar. One restaurant. One LONG WIDE beach. That’s Le Vega.  Would one want for more?

1st La Vega

2nd La Vega

3rd La Vega

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Balance ~ May 28, 2018

• Monday, May 28. 2018, Day #18

• La Vega

• Distance 11.5 miles; total 253 miles

• 941’ ascent and 991’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours

• Weather: 50-60 overcast

Enjoying my own company. Walking is a balance between town and country.

1st towards La Vega

2nd La Vega

3rd towards La Vega

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Bleak Recovery ~ May 27, 2018

• Sunday, May 27, 2018, Day #17

• Piñeres de Pría

• Distance 12 miles; total 241.5 miles

• 949’ ascent and 832’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours

• Weather: 50-60 misty rain to overcast

When walking becomes bleak, I find a most welcoming albergue owner who spends an hour sorting out my next five days to manageable distances, reservations, and a stay at the monastery.

1st towards Piñeres de Pría

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Varieties ~ May 26, 2018

• Saturday, May 26, 2018, Day #16

• Llanes

• Distance 14 miles; total 229.5 miles

• 1,41

• 1,498’ ascent and 1,550’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-65 steady rain

Varieties so unlike Virginia’s flowers.

1st towards Llanes

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3rd towards Llanes

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On the Road ~ May 26, 2018

• Saturday, May 26, 2018, Day #16

• Llanes

• Distance 14 miles; total 229.5 miles

• 1,498’ ascent and 1,550’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-65 steady rain

On the road to Santiago. Even the goats follow the yellow arrow of Santiago.

1st towards Llanes

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Day ~ May 26, 2018

• Saturday, May 26, 2018, Day #16

• Llanes

• Distance 14 miles; total 229.5 miles

• 1,41

• 1,498’ ascent and 1,550’ descent

• 20% hard surface

• Time: 7 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-65 steady rain

Day breaks.

1st towards Llanes

2nd towards Llanes

3rd towards Llanes

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Magic Moments ~ May 26, 2018

• Friday, May 25, 2018, Day #15

• La Franca

• Distance 14 miles; total 215.5 miles

• 1,414’ ascent and 1,374’ descent

• 95% hard surface

• Time: 6 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-65 overcast, misty rain

Magic moments. New and old faces appear every day as if drawn from a magician’s hat.

Elsewhere, Christine and his friend have completed their Camino arriving in Santiago.

1st towards La Franca

2nd towards La Franca

3rd towards La Franca

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